Small Group Tours (Summer 2017)

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Bird⋅The⋅Rock will be offering a series of small group tours from May-August 2017. Join us on one of the dates below for a great birding trip to Newfoundland’s beautiful boreal forests and spectacular seabird colonies! Tours are leisurely paced and do not require long or difficult hikes, however weather appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended.

  • Expected group sizes are 4-8 people. All tours start and end in St. John’s and run ~7:30am-5:00pm. Picnic style lunch included.

Seabirds & Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon

ATPU_June27_0732This tour begins with a morning birding in a variety of songbird habitats, searching out gems such as Boreal Chickadee, Fox Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and numerous species of warbler – among many others. In the afternoon, we take a boat tour of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve which is home to more than 4 million seabirds – including North America’s largest Atlantic Puffin colony, thousands of Common Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Razorbill. And of course, we may also encounter whales.  $185/person (includes cost of boat tour and picnic style lunch).

Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

No visit to Newfoundland is complete without a visit to Cape St. Mary's. Despite some heavy fog (which, to be honest, is part of the experience there!) we enjoyed amazing views of the Northern Gannet colony.

This tour is a day-trip to visit the majestic Northern Gannet colony at Cape St. Mary’s, where 30,000 of these beautiful birds nest atop a towering sea stack and nearby cliffs.  We will also enjoy the thousands of other seabirds at this site, including Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Murre and the world’s southernmost breeding Thick-billed Murre. We will look for Horned Lark, American Pipit and other songbirds on the beautiful sub-arctic tundra, as well as other wildlife and unique wildflowers. Willow Ptarmigan, raptors and possibly Woodland Caribou may be spotted along the way. Several short stops will be made during our drive to stretch our legs and look for boreal songbirds.    $150/person (includes picnic style lunch).

 SCHEDULE (SUMMER 2017)

Tuesday, May 30: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon

Wednesday, May 31: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

Saturday, June 10: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon

Sunday, June 11: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

Saturday, June 17: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon

Sunday, June 18: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

Saturday, July 8: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon

Sunday, July 9: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

Friday, July 28: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon

Saturday, July 29: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

Saturday, August 5: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon

Sunday, August 6: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

Contact Bird⋅The⋅Rock for more information or to book your tour now.

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